Choice City Butcher & Deli
Taps: 8 / Bottles: 30
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 37 | Display Reviews Only:
4.33/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A ruddy early flight and some time on my hands before Handsome Ed's in, I go for the rental car. So, what exactly is a full size? Well, it's a Mitsubishi Gallant or a Dodge Charger, whichever one gets back to this lot first. I'm thinking I really want the Charger, so naturally the Gallant shows up first but I opt to wait for the Charger that then immediately arrives. It's only got 26 miles on it. Don't tell the folks at Enterprise but I'm going to excessively speed on the 75 MPH highway up to Fort Collins in their bad ass non broken in Charger. Did I mention the drinking at New Belgium? And Ed's talking about some deli in town up there, supposedly they've got good beer too...
And yes, it really is a little butcher shop & deli off the corner in town there. We parked in the most messed up, dangerous ass, angled parking in the middle of the street set up and headed on over. Deli counters on 2 walls in an "L", one holding your standard deli meats & cheeses, and meats butcher style in the other. You order and pick up on one end and pay and deal your beer on the other. And 16 mix and match tables throughout the room, some pushed together to seat more, some with twisted wood chairs, and some not. We ordered food here, got our beers there, and grabbed a table.
On the wall behind the one counter where you order, a large cork lined blackboard lists sandwiches and smaller vertical boards show meat, cheese & toppings options; on the wall behind the counter where you pay to play, a massive board talks barbecue. Large glass windows done up with local hero New Belgium signage look over West Olive and the pickety fence pen with seating out front below the big striped awning. Hanging plants and a bar counter in the window to one side of the door. High high pressed tin ceilings painted beige, exposed ducts, and drop lamps. Sets of paintings of children and animals riddle the room, and tap handles for beers come and gone displayed in rows on the rear wall. Shelving units along the far wall hold sauces, condiments, peppers, oils, crackers and more,
Some interesting foodings. Breakfast sandwiches and deli lunches, but at night they morph into something altogether different, doing steaks, pork tenderloin, drunken ostrich, veal, shrimp, lion & lamb stew, bacon wrapped tournedos of beef tenderloin, definitely kicking it up a notch.
I 'et a sandwich of awesome; turkey on wheat, with lettuce, onion, cheddar & spicy mustard. It was really just the perfect sandwich and was totally necessary, as I'd only been fed cookies on the plane. Mac salad or something comes with it but I fessed up the extra buck fidy for the soup, a pork green chili, good heat and very tasty (I think I'm going to eat pork green chili everywhere I go this GABF weekend). Ed and Josh both chose from the collection of 5 Reubens, Ed the Classic Reuben and Josh the Colorado Reuben. Ed says it was one of the best Reuben's he's ever had, and Josh showed how much he enjoyed his by making a huge mess.
15 taps in all; 6 of them (2 sets of 3), pouring from a kegerator style fridge behind the counter, the rest pouring from both sides of a double glass front cooler next to it housing bottled selections. A surprisingly nice selection of taps for a deli, 5 from New Belgium (Mothership Wit, Eric's Ale, Old Cherry, Abbey Grand Cru, Giddy Up!), 5 from Odell (Extra Special Red Ale, Easy Street Wheat, IPA, Bourbon Aged Stout, 5 Barrel Pale Ale), micro near (Fort Collins Wilburfest), and far (Russian River Damnation), and a handful of imports (Chimay Tripel, St. Bernardus Abt 12, Lion Stout). I drank a New Belgium Eric's Ale, goddamn that's a nice beer, tastysourwonderfullness. Beer here was fresh, served in chalices hanging from the underside of a shelving unit over the taps.
And the bottles, the bottles, it's always the bottles, the bottles, the bottles. Nearly 2 dozen Colorado beers (New Belgium, Odell, Avery, Left Hand, Fort Collins), another 2 dozen more American micros (Ommegang, Stone, Victory, Jolly Pumpkin, Deschutes), about a dozen and a half Belgians (Fantome de Noel Saison, De Ranke XX Bitter, Cantillon Lambic, De Proef Brouwerij Saison, Oude Kriek Lambic, Achel, Westmalle) and a few other imports. What else, what else? Oh, yeah, some aged & vintage selections (Hanssens Mead the Gueuze '99, New Belgium La Folie '02, Avery The Beast '04, Lee's Harvest Ale '88, '99 & '00, Pommeau de Normandie on calvados), and, um, you wait here, I need to find out what they mean by "Stille Nacht '00". It runs $20, could it be the Reserva, I wonder? (They didn't know what it was, and hunted high & low but couldn't come up with anything. "Boo!" I say).
Sometimes, the perfect sandwich simple and easy, this is one of them times. And an absurdly better beer selection than any deli ought to have but I sure ain't complainin'. Cool world music being piped in, laid back and chill, clean and friendly folks here. Totally choice!
11-15-2008 13:24:20 | More by slander
2.1/5 rDev -51.9%
vibe: 1.25 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Wow, what a dump. Maybe this place cuts it for local yokels, but not for me. No bar, no service, just kind of a free-for-all where you order your food at one place and your beer from the cashier. Atmosphere was just lame all over, with terrible clientele, and chaotic general operations, cheap rickety tables and stuff--not in a rustic "we're gritty and throwbackish" way, but in a cheap-out "we suck, give us your money" way. Layout was, well, basically a deli, as would be imagined. A selection of meats and whatnot, with a long but basic menu posted on the wall.
Beer selection was decent. The tap list wasn't too impressive; they had a slightly better bottle selection, including some stuff that's uncommon but not necessarily hard to find, considering many local micros are within a few miles driving and/or walking distance. Food was presented good, all said and done, but it was not that good quality overall. I had a sub-par / pink sludge burger and the wife had a salad that she ended up picking half apart because of the ingredients.
Service was lousy: the cashier/waitress was nice enough, but was left all alone to tend to the small rush of customers, meanwhile pouring beers incorrectly, and not properly filled, into incorrect glassware. No one there really knew what they were doing and they didn't display any knowledge about the beer served...just no.
This wasn't a good place, and to advertise it as #9 on the list of best "bars" in the world? I've been to Ebenezer's and to put this place anywhere within 500 spots is just disgraceful. I've been to dives way better than this place. And delis for that matter.
Definitely to be avoided. Do yourself a favor and go to Mayor of Old Town, just a few blocks away, where they have 100 beers on tap, good food, and an incredibly nicer atmosphere. Or get food somewhere and go to Equinox. Nothing choice about Choice City.
08-12-2011 07:48:16 | More by Rifugium
4.38/5 rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
Choice City was my first stop on the return trip through Colorado, and easily one of my favorites from the entire trip
located just off the main drag of downtown Ft. Collins, the shop has an atmosphere a bit like a coffee shop, but with a diverse selection of fantastic sandwiches and burgers and a great beer list - love coffee shops so that vibe sits well with me, note that this was a lunch stop - the breakfast menu is impressive, and dinner features a pretty intense selection of steaks from various species (ostrich, pork, buffalo, beef...)
the menu is written on a couple large blackboards, rustic worn hardwood floors, meats displayed in the counter cold cases, wooden tables and a bar across one of the large storefront windows affording a nice street view, lots of natural light, taphandles on display, steady lunch crowd but not too busy, very nice kids working and good music at a good level, a great place for a comfortable afternoon stop
the selection was very deep and eclectic, maybe twenty or so at the time, lots of locals and some quality belgians, some notables - Russian River Supplication, an obscure New Belgium one-off, a couple from Funkwerks - just the tip of the iceberg here, various pour sizes available and proper glassware in use
regarding the food side of the situation, this is a real-deal butcher shop with great cured meats and cheeses, after much internal deliberation (awkward staring at the menu), my choice was a Colorado buffalo reuben - probably the best I've had anywhere, the meat was perfect, the bread delicious, cheesy but not greasy, and the balsamic potato salad awesome, even better paired with a Supplication, don't even recall what was paid, but value is high given the goods received
a "must stop", in my opinion
05-26-2011 04:02:00 | More by blackie
4.05/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$
We waited until nearly the last meal in town to visit Choice City. I wasn't sure what to expect. It is not a beer bar... that was clear as soon as we walked in. It is a butcher shop/deli and sandwich place. It is a functional retail store that has great beer on-tap and great food. That, my friends, is freaking cool.
We stopped in on a Monday sometime after 2pm. It was slow and we got helped right away (order at the counter). We ordered a couple beers (Saison Dupont on-tap = yummy!) and some sandwiches. We didn't wait long. My buffalo burger was awesome. I also got a bite of a Buffalo burger rueben and it was amazing! IMO, the food is the star of the show. Great sandwiches!
There is plenty of great beers on-tap and in bottles. What a great place to grab lunch and a beer.
I want to make it clear to people that this is more of a store, a retail store than a bar and it is more of a sandwich shop than a full on restaurant. It is a great mix however. I loved it. This isn't the place you'd come to have many beers, IMO, but it is a great place to grab something to eat and have a beer.
Just remember, this is not a bar!
07-29-2010 22:58:01 | More by bditty187
3.35/5 rDev -23.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Big open space with plenty of tables, service was absolute crap. Went for lunch. There was one other small group of people there and no one else and the guy seems liked I was inconveniencing him which I just can't stand.
It's cool that they have local and above average beers on tap. Just had one. Food was pretty above average (after they got my order right the second time).
Price was a bit much for a sandwich. Wouldn't go back just based on the crappy attitude of the servers and food prep employees.
05-31-2013 16:01:32 | More by claspada
4.33/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$
Visited this place few weeks ago.
This place has pretty good vibe for a functioning deli, beer is given some props
Quality of beers tasted were very good
Service was friendly & enthusiastic, albeit a touch slow as non-crowded as it was
Only 20 taps, but all were great selections, heavy emphasis on local beers that skew towards one offs. Bottled selection looked fairly good
If this place didn't sell beer I would still come for the food. I had the BEST buffalo burger I've ever had in my life. The Breakfast looked tasty, but alas I had to skip it the next morning, Food is pricey though, beers were more reasonable. I do plan on coming back here the next time through, stellar bar/deli!
04-30-2011 02:25:32 | More by russpowell
4.4/5 rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$
In the mood for sandwiches and fine drink, this seemed to be the obvious choice. I feel fortunate for having stopped by.
The building is old and small, with really high ceilings and tons of windows to light everything up. Decoration looks like local art coupled with various boastings of what the deli has to offer. I must say, the tables were cool. I'd like to try to make some like that some day. You'll have to see them. The tap handles that grace the establishment are also on display. Over all, the place has a definite coffee shop/ deli feel to it. Oh yeah, and they have great beer.
They had about 12 taps with local and other American brews. Quality was clearly the mark they were shooting for. I can't recall the brew I grabbed, but it was a beefy bourbon RIS. Tasty, but not a good choice for lunch.
I got a ruben, and it was pretty much perfect. I'm not sure what to say about what makes a sandwich awesome, but this one did it for me. Tasty, softly toasted bread, fresh meat, tons of kraut and just a touch of dressing. I actually got to eat a pile of the kraut and corned beef that fell out with a fork. It was seriously great.
Service was limited to the people behind the counters. Both were friendly and the beer girl answered my questions about the brew, so all went well.
I wished I lived in the apartment upstairs. Freakin' fantastic sandwiches!
01-06-2009 20:04:17 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.3/5 rDev -1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
A high-end deli that caters to those seeking the finest. They fit the bill. Some outside seating is available as you make your way to the entrance. Inside is a single large room with the register immediately to your right. Follow the L-shaped deli counter to the other end where you place your order. Great selection of sandwiches with interesting sides. Pay at the register when placing your order and check out the beer selection in the fridge behind the counter, with perhaps 10 taps. A large selection (not quite huge) and all of what they have is noteworthy. After paying, grab a seat and wait for your name to be called to go pick up your order. Condiments available at a small station by the trash receptical. The food is great. Seating is tight, to say the least. Clean up after yourself. Bathrooms are shared with several other establishments, through a door in the back and down a common hallway.
08-04-2008 20:58:13 | More by mentor
Choice City Butcher & Deli in Fort Collins, CO
96 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.